24:2 To Horace Mann spirits, and has spoken three times in the House withi week; he had not opened his lips before since the cl Mr. Pulteney has got his warrant in his pocket for E Bath, and kisses hands as soon as the Parliament The promotions I mentioned to you are not yet co: pass ; but a fortnight will settle things wonderfully. The Italian4, who I told you is here, has let m< a piece of secret history, which you never menti perhaps it is not true; but he says the mighty myst the Count's5 elopement from Florence, was occasion a letter from Wachtendonck6, which was so impertin< to talk of satisfaction for some affront. The great ' very wisely never answered it—his life, to be sure, is < great consequence to be trusted at the end of a German's sword I however, the General wrote again hinted at coming himself for an answer. So it hapj that when he arrived, the Count was gone to the bai Lucca—those waters were reckoned better for his h than steel in the abstract. How oddly it happened! just returned to Florence as the General was dead! was not this heroic lover worth running after ? I w< as the Count must have known my lady's courag< genius for adventures, that he never thought of puttin into men's clothes, and sending her to answer the chal] How pretty it would have been to have fought for lover! and how great the obligation, when he durg fight for himself!. . .7 I heard the other day, that the Primate of Lorrai] dead of the small-pox. Will you make my complime] condolence ? though I dare say, they are little afflicte* was a most worthless creature, and all his wit and * Ceretesi. Walpole. 6 Count Richoourt. Walpole. 6 General Wachtendonck, Com- mander of the Queen of Hxu troops at Leghorn. Walpole. 7 Passage omitted.